Thursday March 1st, 2007

Shut Up and Sing

6:30pm - 10:00pm
Cantor Film Center, 200
36 E.8th Street NY, NY 10003
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Barbara Kopple, director and producer of Academy Award winning feature
documentaries American Dream (1991) andHarlan County, USA (1977) will feature in
Fusion Film Festival’s opening night event on March 1st, screening her most recent
documentary, Shut Up and Sing (2006) at the Cantor Film Center as part of Fusion’s
Retrospective Panel Event, Reflections of a Life in Documentaries. Robert Christgau,
music journalist, and his sister, film critic, Georgia Christgau, will interview Kopple and
lead the discussion on her impressive career.

Shut Up and Sing explores the aftermath of the comment made in 2003 by Natalie
Maines, the lead singer of the top selling female recording band The Dixie Chicks, about
President George W. Bush. From CD burnings to their personal struggles the film
questions how we deal with issues of free speech both as individuals and as a
community.

Shut Up and Sing has earned high recognitions, such as the Audience Award (2006) for
Audience Favorite Documentary at the Aspen Film Festival (2006), the Boston Society of
Film Critics Award for Best Documentary (2006), the Broadcast Film Critics Association
Award for Best Documentary Feature (2007), the Special Jury Prize at the Chicago
International Film Festival (2006), the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at
the Woodstock Film Festival (2006), among others.

 

Friday March 2nd, 2007

Docs In the Works: Pitching your Documentary

11:00am - 1:00pm
Tisch School of the Arts, 006
721 Broadway NY,NY 10003
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Winners of our student written documentary pitch competition will be pitching their work to a panel of industry guest in order to get feedback on not only their films but their all important pitching techniques. Panelists include: Milton Tabbot (IFP), Chris White (POV) and Jackie Glover (HBO).

 

Highway Courtesans

1:30pm - 3:30pm
Tisch School of the Arts, 1027
721 Broadway NY,NY 10003
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The Fusion Film Festival (March 1-3, 2007) will screen Nantucket Film Festival's Artistic Director
Mystelle Brabbee's first documentary film, Highway Courtesans to compliment this years new
Documentary Pitch Competition, which gives the winning students and opportunity to pitch their
projects to a panel of industry executives during the festival.

The film, a provocative coming of age documentary, chronicles the story of a bold young woman
born into a community in central India where by tradition the eldest daughters are prostitutes.
Resisting moralizing. Brabbee's film takes the audience on the journey as the girl faces ideas of
freedom of choice, gender, and self-determination. "Nine years in the making and timeless in
observation, Highway Courtesans is an intimate look at some of the youngest practitioners of the
worlds oldest profession...With a camera attuned to the languid rhythms of the girls' lives. Ms.
Brabbee reveals the tangle of a culture where sex and economics are inextricably intertwined"
(New York TImes, Dec. 1, 2006).

Highway Courtesans, screened in over 25 film festivals around the world, and was the winner of
the Presidents Jury Award at the Chicago International Film Festival and of the Best Feature
Documentary Award at the Galdway Film Fleadh. It recently premiered in NYC at the Quad
Cinema and in Chicago Facets Cinematheque.

For more information about the film, visit www.highwaycourtesans.com

 

Writers to Watch: A reading of the Student Screenplay Competition Winners

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Tisch School of the Arts, 1027
721 Broadway NY,NY 10003
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Excerpts of the winning screenplays will be read by some of Tisch's most promising young actors.

 

Filmmakers to Watch: A screening of the Student Film Competition Finalists

7:00pm - 10:00pm
Cantor Film Center, 200
36 E.8th Street NY, NY 10003
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Come see some of the most impressive work being done by all levels of Tisch students. Screening will be followed by our award ceremony, which will honor Fusions best Graduate, Undergraduate and Sight and Sound students.

 

Saturday March 3rd, 2007

From Nickelodean to the Oscars: Women Animating the World
Moderated by Candy Kugel

11:00am - 1:00pm
Tisch School of the Arts, 1027
721 Broadway NY,NY 10003
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Jennifer Oxley (Little Bill and Wonder Pets!), Candy Kugel (Munchies and Life), Debra Solomon (The Lizzie McGuire Movie) and Peggy Stern (Oscar winner for The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation) will be sharing their experiences and insights into the growing field of animation and how women are booming in this traditionally male arena.

 

The Origins of Female Filmmakers: Retrospective on the work of Lois Webber

1:30pm - 3:30pm
Tisch School of the Arts, 1027
721 Broadway NY,NY 10003
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One of the first big directors of the silent era and the first women to director a feature film Lois Weber has left and indelible mark on film history. Join us for a screening of her groundbreaking films and a discussion on the legendary Lois Weber with Professor Moya Luckett.

*Reception sponsored by the Cinema Studies Department to follow.

Shorts from the Nantucket Film Festival: Women in the Festival Circuit
Moderated by Susan Sandler

7:30pm - 10:00pm
Tisch School of the Arts, 006
721 Broadway NY,NY 10003
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Dealbreaker, marks Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s directorial
debut, which she also co-wrote alongside long-time friend Mary Wigmore, and will be
one of the six short films that will showcase on March 3rd at the Fusion Film Festival’s
closing industry event, Shorts from the Nantucket Film Festival: Women in the Festival
Circuit, taking place at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Dealbreaker, commissioned by Glamour Magazine, tells the story of a woman’s
experience of bad first dates, adapted from four true stories submitted by Glamour
readers. Other short films to showcase include: Happiness, directed by Sophie Barthes,
recently screened in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, tells a story
inspired by the myth of Pandora’s Box. Why Don’t You Dance written by Kellen Hertz
and directed by Hertz and James Taylor, was selected for shorts in competition at
Tribeca Film Festival 2005, and is based on a short story by Raymond Carver. Fourteen
directed by Nicole Barnette, screened at the Seattle International Film Festival tells a
story of a fourteen year-old, who discovers her fourteenth birthday will be a memorable
one. The Braggart, written by Domenica Ruba where a young girl's wild stories are
taken as childish boasting by her friends and teachers. Finally, The Tribe, written by
Tiffany Shlain, is an electric ride through the complex history of the Barbie doll and the
Jewish people.

A discussion with Director Sophie Barthes, Director of Photography Andrij Parekh,
Director Kellen Hertz, and Sharon Badal (Tribeca Film Festival), moderated by Susan
Sandler will follow the screening.